School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Richard Muhlack has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and 18+ years of wine sector experience in various industry and research roles across process analysis and simulation, cleaner production and energy efficiency, renewable energy technology, waste treatment and environmental management.
In January 2014 Dr Muhlack transitioned from industry-based R&D (with the Hardy Wine Company across 1999-2008 and then AWRI from 2008-2014) to the University of Adelaide and now holds an academic position within the School of Agriculture Food and Wine, where he is working to pursue research and technical development projects in the following areas:
* Kinetic modelling of fermentation, extraction, adsorption processes during food and wine production
* Industrial Process Simulation and Optimisation
* Process efficiency and techno-economics
* Design of food and beverage process equipment
* Instrumentation and process automation
* Energy and Water Efficiency
* Wastewater Treatment and Cleaner Production
Date Position Institution name 2019 Senior Lecturer - Fermentation / Process Engineering University of Adelaide 2014 - 2018 Lecturer - Fermentation / Process Engineering University of Adelaide 2010 - 2014 Riverina Node Manager The Australian Wine Research Institute 2008 - 2010 Process and Environmental Engineer The Australian Wine Research Institute 2005 - 2008 Process Improvement Engineer Hardy Wine Company 1999 - 2002 Production Systems Engineer BRL Hardy 1998 - 1999 Process Engineer Adelaide Brighton Cement 1998 - 1998 Vintage Vineyard Quality Assessor BRL Hardy
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2017 Teaching Award Executive Dean of Sciences Awards for Excellence in Teaching The University of Adelaide Australia 1000 2008 Award DAFF Australian Agricultural Industries Young Innovators and Scientists Award Winner — Australia — 2004 Fellowship Roger Pysden Memorial Fellowship — Australia —
Date Institution name Country Title 2002 - 2005 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD (Chemical Engineering) 1996 - 1999 The University of Adelaide Australia BE (Chem) Hons
Year Citation 2019 Setford, P., Jeffery, D., Grbin, P., & Muhlack, R. (2019). Mass transfer of anthocyanins during extraction from pre-fermentative grape solids under simulated fermentation conditions: Effect of convective conditions. Molecules, 24(1), 16 pages.
2019 Setford, P., Jeffery, D., Grbin, P., & Muhlack, R. (2019). Mathematical modelling of anthocyanin mass transfer to predict extraction in simulated red wine fermentation scenarios. Food Research International.
2018 Muhlack, R., Potumarthi, R., & Jeffery, D. (2018). Sustainable wineries through waste valorisation: A review of grape marc utilisation for value-added products. Waste Management, 72, 99-118.
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2018 Muhlack, R., & Colby, C. (2018). Reduced product loss associated with inline bentonite treatment of white wine by simultaneous centrifugation with yeast lees. Food and Bioproducts Processing, 108, 51-57.
2018 Setford, P., Jeffery, D., Grbin, P., & Muhlack, R. (2018). Modelling the Mass Transfer Process of Malvidin-3-Glucoside during Simulated Extraction from Fresh Grape Solids under Wine-Like Conditions. Molecules, 23(9), 2159-1-2159-16.
DOI Scopus2 WoS1
2018 Keiller, B., van Eyk, P. J., Lane, D., Muhlack, R., & Burton, R. (2018). Hydrothermal Carbonisation of Australian Saltbush. Energy and Fuels.
2017 Marshall, J., Morton, B., Muhlack, R., Chittleborough, D., & Kwong, C. (2017). Recovery of phosphate from calcium-containing aqueous solution resulting from biochar- induced calcium phosphate precipitation.. Journal of Cleaner Production, 165, 27-35.
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2017 Setford, P., Jeffery, D., Grbin, P., & Muhlack, R. (2017). Factors affecting extraction and evolution of phenolic compounds during red wine maceration and the role of process modelling. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 69, 106-117.
DOI Scopus8 WoS5 Europe PMC2
2016 Muhlack, R., O Neill, B., Waters, E., & Colby, C. (2016). Optimal Conditions for Controlling Haze-Forming Wine Protein with Bentonite Treatment: Investigation of Matrix Effects and Interactions Using a Factorial Design. Food and Bioprocess Technology, 9(6), 936-943.
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2012 Marangon, M., Van Sluyter, S., Robinson, E., Muhlack, R., Holt, H., Haynes, P., . . . Waters, E. (2012). Degradation of white wine haze proteins by Aspergillopepsin I and II during juice flash pasteurization. Food Chemistry, 135(3), 1157-1165.
DOI Scopus32 WoS31 Europe PMC1
2007 Muhlack, R., Waters, E., Lim, A., O'Neill, B., & Colby, C. (2007). An alternative method for purification of a major thaumatin-like grape protein (VVTL1) responsible for haze formation in white wine. Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 2(1), 70-74.
2006 Muhlack, R., Nordestgaard, S., Waters, E., O'Neill, B., Lim, A., & Colby, C. (2006). In-line dosing for bentonite fining of wine or juice: Contact time, clarification, product recovery and sensory effects. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 12(3), 221-234.
2005 Waters, E., Alexander, G., Muhlack, R., Pocock, K., Colby, C., O'Neill, B., . . . Jones, P. (2005). Preventing protein haze in bottled white wine. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 11(2), 215-225.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2015 Kwong, C. W., & Muhlack, R. A. (2015). Improving vineyard water efficiency by addition of biochar derived from grape stalks and vineyard prunings (UA1404).
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 Co-Supervisor ICHDR15 -Membrane Filtration Technology for Efficient Wine Processing and Recovery of Valuable Extracts Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Yihe Sui 2018 Principal Supervisor Efficient Red Winemaking by Monitoring Extraction and Evolution of Colour and Polyphenols Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Judith Unterkofler 2016 Co-Supervisor Alternative Technologies to Modify and Measure Wine Astringency, Taste and Quality Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Wenyu Kang 2015 Co-Supervisor Development of Process Simulation Models for Objective Wine Quality Parameter during Fermentation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Patrick Charles Setford 2014 Co-Supervisor Fundamentals of soil-biochar interactions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Jon Adam Marshall
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